Work for GE? It looks like you're going to have to be driving a Chevy Volt if you expect the company to cover your expenses. In a memo to GE Healthcare America's team, GE said that any team member (except field engineers) driving a company car would need to use a Chevy Volt.
According to Green Car Reports, the memo said:
GE is playing a leadership role in moving Electric Vehicles (EVs) from anticipation to action – and you are a part of this movement! Jeff Immelt announced a game changing global commitment to purchase 25,000 EVs as part of a plan to convert half of GE’s global vehicle fleet by 2015. This is the largest commitment ever to an EV fleet.
GE’s commitment to EVs is part of our Ecomagination business strategy to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy technology through innovation and R&D investment. Further, it serves as an important market validation of new vehicle technologies and the associated charging infrastructure. EV’s are an important step toward energy independence and a way to reduce our dependence on oil. By deploying EVs into the GE fleet we can accelerate the market acceptance of EV’s, and gain insights into potential new business opportunities for charging infrastructure and smart grid technologies…while reducing emissions from our fleet.
The site also notes:
To encourage EV deployment, if an employee is eligible for a fleet vehicle, a fleet vehicle will be made available. If a new driver opts out of the fleet program and elects to drive a personal vehicle, there will be no reimbursement. For current employees who qualify for a fleet vehicle, but have chosen to drive a personal vehicle, reimbursement by GEHC will stop as of 1/1/2013
While the initiative is starting with the GE Healthcare America's team, it is expected to expand to other divisions of the company.
Funny enough, the company has offered to install charging stations into the employees residents. They also happen to make the charging stations.
So GE, headed by Obama buddy Jeffrey Immelt, is buying lots of those floundering Chevy Volts, which are made by government bailed out GM. They are then forcing their employees to use them or suffer financial consequences. But it's cool, GE will install one of their GE charging stations in your house for FREE!
"I mean, if this isn't crony capitalism, I don't know what is," Glenn said.
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